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Banff National Park

Canada's first national park, spanning Spanning 6,641 square kilometres (2,564 square miles) of valleys, mountains, glaciers, forests, meadows and rivers.

Watch the sunset on a riverside stroll or feel the breath of glaciers in the alpine. Take your pick of over 1,600 kilometres (1,000 miles) of maintained trails. Many of the park’s most famous hikes are easily accessible from the Town of Banff and the village of Lake Louise.  

Banff National Park also incorporates historic sites such as Cave and Basin National Historic Site and Banff Park Museum National Historic Site of Canada.

Banff National Park Fast Facts

  • Established in 1885 as Canada’s first National Park (third in the world) and was the birth of Canada’s vast national parks system.
  • Banff is part of the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • The mountains are around 45 to 120 million years old.
  • The park encompasses Banff, the highest town in Canada at an elevation of 1,384 m (4,540 ft).
  • Banff is home to Alberta’s southernmost herd of the endangered woodland caribou.

For more information visit Banff National Park.

TripAdvisor® Traveler Reviews
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“Absolutely Amazing!”
Absolutely Amazing!
February 20, 2019, by CaptTrouble
Banff National Park is beyond gorgeous! This is where you go if you really want to see how beautiful North America can be. There is the Park, the town of Banff, the town (or village?) of Lake...
“Trip of a Lifetime!”
Trip of a Lifetime!
February 13, 2019, by brianwerner13
Traveled to Banff in mid September expecting to see the last of the green mountain sides. Instead we ended up with snow & it made the trip so much more breathtaking! There are so many different...
“Beautiful Winter Wonderland”
Beautiful Winter Wonderland
January 28, 2019, by deathracerJH
Banff is great in all seasons, but a wonderland in the winter. So much to do and take in, wish I could stay longer, but I will be back soon! Cross country skiing was great this trip. So was the...